Danielle Bostick is a writer, activist, educator, and former mental health counselor who is proud to call Winchester home.
Last year, she spearheaded the successful referendum that gives citizens the power to elect our school board members. Prior to this effort, Winchester's school board was selected by City Council, which had left seats vacant in Wards 2 and 3.
She realized the disconnect between Winchester’s residents and local government didn’t end with disproportional representation on the school board. The years-long neglect of the fire and rescue department was fruit from the same tree. This divide between citizens and City Hall spurred her to run for Mayor, and to make Winchester’s city government more transparent, accountable, and engaged.
Danielle envisions a Winchester that prioritizes the people who live and work here.
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Danielle teaches Latin at Handley High School. As a TED-Ed Innovative Educator, she created the Classroom Conversations Toolkit to facilitate difficult discussions in the classroom. She has been nationally recognized for her excellence as an educator. Recently, her research on secondary education and Classics was published in the American Journal of Philology, her field’s flagship, peer-reviewed journal.
Danielle has a track record of speaking truth to power. She is a nationally recognized speaker and advocate for sexual assault survivors. She gives talks, facilitates workshops, and leads training sessions on sexual violence, PTSD, overcoming adversity, and social justice. She has worked on bipartisan legislation related to school safety and abuse prevention at the state and federal level. In the field of Classics, she is responsible for the ban on mock slave auctions and has effected change related to problematic instructional materials. She doesn’t just talk about problems, she solves them.
As an essayist and commentator, Danielle has written for The Washington Post, The Week, NBC Opinion, McSweeney's, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, House Beautiful, Parenting, Parents, Country Living, and The Huffington Post. Her sports writing has appeared on The Cauldron on Sports Illustrated, Behind the Steel Curtain, and Fansided.
She has contributed to discussions of current events and issues on media outlets including Vice News, Huffington Post Live, ESPN Radio, Harper's Magazine, and The New York Times, along with media in France, Pakistan, Germany, Austria and other international markets.
Danielle lives in Winchester with her husband Dan, an Army veteran, their six children, and two dogs.
Danielle with former Winchester Fire Chief William A. Garrett